• Lawmakers appear deadlocked on conceal carry

    by  • May 29, 2013

    With spring session set to adjourn Friday, Illinois lawmakers appear deadlocked on developing a law allowing for the concealed carry of weapons, despite a federal court’s deadline to do so looming less than two weeks away. A Senate executive committee yesterday voted down a measure that passed last week through the House that would...

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    Man files not guilty plea in sexual assault case

    by  • May 29, 2013

    A 32-year-old Centralia man has been ordered held for trial following a preliminary hearing in Marion County Court. James Merritt made a court appearance Tuesday on charges of criminal sexual assault with force and aggravated domestic battery involving strangulation. Merritt entered a not guilty plea to the early may incident that reportedly took place...

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    Another lawmaker announces gay marriage support

    by  • May 29, 2013

    Another undecided lawmaker is announcing his support of gay marriage. State Rep. LaShawn Ford, a Chicago democrat, said Tuesday a “majority of constituents” in his district support of the legislation, which would make Illinois the 13th state to allow same-sex marriage. The Chicago democrat says he received thousands of calls and emails urging his...

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    Vernon woman found dead in backyard

    by  • May 29, 2013

    According to the Marion County Coroner’s office, a 66-year-old Vernon woman has been found dead Wednesday morning in her backyard. At approximately 6 a.m., Shirley Brumfield of South ‘A’ Street was found dead in her backyard, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Coroner reports indicate Brumfield was suffering from cancer and...

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    Du Quoin Fair entertainment lineup announced

    by  • May 29, 2013

    The Du Quoin Fair is three months away, and now we know who the Grandstand entertainers will be. Billy Currington will be the headliner on the first Saturday, Aug. 24 – an exciting booking, says fair manager John Rednour Jr. “We were very happy to get him booked in on the first Saturday. We...

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    Armed man barricades himself in Irvington

    by  • May 29, 2013

    According to Irvington police, at approximately 7:45 Tuesday night, officers responded to a residence on East  Huron Street, where a 58-year-old man armed with a handgun ultimately barricaded himself in a bedroom. Police reports say officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of East Huron Street on third party report of a ...

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